12 – Abu Dharr – The Ascetic Activist

The Ghifari tribe was known to raid the caravans as they travelled between Syria and Makka. From this tribe came Jundub ibn Junadah to be known as Abu Dharr. Abu Dharr didn’t worship idols like others in his tribe. He heard of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) in Mecca calling to one God, and was  intrigued. He went to Mecca and was impressed by the Prophetic character. Abu Dharr embraced Islam and was one of the earliest people to enter Islam. Abu Dharr was of the first to publicly profess his Islam and was attacked for it. The Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) had tremendous love for Abu Dharr. Abu Dharr spent his life proclaiming the truth, and protecting poor people.


This podcast presents the series “Noble Ones Around The Chosen One”, by Shaykh Sadullah Khan, originally delivered at Masjid al-Furqan, Islamia College, in Cape Town, South Africa (https://www.islamiacollege.co.za/). The series highlights snapshots of the lives of the phenomenal people who were in the company of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said about his companions (may God be pleased with them): “The best people are those of my generation”. The series aims to inspire us and empower us with knowledge of these exemplary personalities through reflecting on their principled lives.

Shaykh Sadullah Khan memorized the Qur’an at the age of eight, studied Law in South Africa, Journalism in Britain and Islamic Studies in Egypt and USA. He has spearheaded youth development programs in South Africa and the USA for two decades; has been an inspiring religious leader, motivational speaker and an educator for the past 25 years. Shaykh Sadullah is currently the CEO of the Islamia College, in Cape Town, South Africa (https://www.islamiacollege.co.za/).

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